The Rangers fans who are gathered around the jukebox this evening in The Transfer Tavern discussing comments made by their manager with regards to next season.
The Express is reporting that Mark Warburton will not expect anything less than a championship challenge on their return to the Scottish League’s top flight next season.
The fallen giants of Scottish football confirmed their return to the Premier League on Monday when they beat Dumbarton at Ibrox.
Warburton admits that even though they have not been in the top division for four years, they will not be allowed by the fans to have a season of transition and will be expected to be fighting for honours come the end of next season. Speaking about next season, Warburton said:
“My expectation is that we have to go into that league and be highly competitive. We have to be a very tough team to beat and break down, and we must go into games expecting to win them.”
“Any Rangers team with David Weir, myself and the staff will be highly competitive. We will go in prepared well with a squad of players I think will match that description. If you look it, Celtic have had European football, Champions League, the financial benefits and a squad packed with international players.”
“The neutral will tell you that they will take some beating, and it would be foolish to say otherwise. To go into a game as it currently stands, they have to be favourites. It would be totally ignorant to say anything other than that, but our job is to close the gap.”
“How well we close that gap will be about how competitive we are, but Rangers will never go into that league satisfied with being third or fourth. The expectation will be just as strong next year, if not more so because we’re back in the top flight, so we’re well aware of the expectation.”
“We have to keep going forward. If we’ve won this league and hopefully the Petrofac Cup and we think that’s enough then we’re going to flounder. Therefore getting the environment and the recruitment right are massive for us.”
The Rangers fans in The Tavern are delighted with the comments made by Warburton and cannot wait to get back in the big time challenging their fiercest rival for Scotland’s top honour.
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